In yesterday’s DM, we looked at some of the factors involved in this year’s midterm elections…prominent among them the far-right forces influencing the Supreme Court led by Justice John Roberts, on whose watch the Voting Rights Act was demolished twice.
Also on the watch of Chief justice Roberts has been the ripping away of a 49-year-old right of women to make their own decisions about what to do with their bodies.
Judge Alito’s embarrassing document puts an end to Roe v Wade while invoking two 17th century British jurists who accomplished the burning of witches—no irony there?—to accomplish his task.
The result is that we now witness states enacting laws that forbid women to travel to other states; demand that 10-year olds and others who are raped carry their fetus to term; lock physicians in jail for giving patients the care they request; threaten the lives of women who are going through dangerous pregnancies, etc. etc.
And why? Because theocracy trumps separation of church and state in the church of Donald J. Trump, so amply represented on the current unsupreme court, three of whom he personally appointed.
And because Patriarchy comes first. Doesn’t everyone know that men have a god-given right to control over women’s bodies? (Even if—and especially if–they are very creepy politician men or clergy men or police men or lawyer men or chief justice men).
I cringe just a bit when I think of Judge Alito declaring he has a right to tell women what to do with their bodies and then flying off to Rome to give a talk to far-right Catholics praising himself and running a victory lap for his deeds.
…Which deeds are called “pro-life” but in fact are already resulting in killing women and mothers. (And, for the record, Mr. Alito, 68% of Catholics in the US favor keeping Roe v Wade.)
Not Opus Dei Catholics however. They are committed to fascism up and down the line, and fascism always includes control over women and their bodies.
We know that all six members of the Supreme Court who voted to rip away a 49-year-old right of women are on the Court because of Leonardo Leo, an out-of-the-closet Opus Dei operative in the Federalist Society who in the past year was given $1.6 billion dollars to carry on still more “government of, by, and for” corporations and against Mother Earth.
The grantor of such largesse is billionaire Barre Seid, who opposed the ban of DDT and funded activists and researchers who opposed the ban, and who believes that global warming is not the result of human-caused emissions.
How is it possible that people like Seid and Leo can team up to kill both democracy and Mother Earth?
All this was assured by Justice Robert’s court which gifted us with Citizens United that guarantees that dark money rules American politics because “corporations are people” (sic) and the Constitution tells us so (even though the word “corporation” does not appear in the Constitution).
Therefore elections should go to those who have access to the most money and especially when it remains anonymous (“dark”). Government of, by and for the people be damned.
To be continued
See Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.
And Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth.
And Fox, A Spirituality Named Compassion.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “An explicitly Christian variant of the Stars and Stripes.” From “One Nation Under God: The Crusade to Capture the American Flag” by Whitney Smith PhD LFIAV FFIAV FFI, Secretary-General Emeritus, FIAV, on FlagInstitute.org.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you see a link between Barre Seid’s love for DDT and denial of climate change being due to humans and his support of Opus Dei member and Federalist Society’s Leonardo Leo? In what way are they on the ballot in November?
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
Fox’s spirituality weds the healing and liberation found in North American Creation Spirituality and in South American Liberation Theology. Creation Spirituality challenges readers of every religious and political persuasion to unite in a new vision through which we learn to honor the earth and the people who inhabit it as the gift of a good and just Creator.
“A watershed theological work that offers a common ground for religious seekers and activists of all stripes.” — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice.
A Spirituality Named Compassion: Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice
In A Spirituality Named Compassion, Matthew Fox delivers a profound exploration of the meaning and practice of compassion. Establishing a spirituality for the future that promises personal, social, and global healing, Fox marries mysticism with social justice, leading the way toward a gentler and more ecological spirituality and an acceptance of our interdependence which is the substratum of all compassionate activity.
“Well worth our deepest consideration…Puts compassion into its proper focus after centuries of neglect.” –The Catholic Register